Before Robert Pattinson suited up as the new Batman was unveiled last week, the person we’ve most become accustomed to seeing in the cape and cowl in the past ten years has been Ben Affleck.
Affleck was originally going to direct and star in his first standalone “Batman” film which he was co-writing. Then, after “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” came out, Affleck stepped down from the director’s chair but still intended to star.
That didn’t change through the failure of “Justice League” or the hiring of Matt Reeves to direct. Then, very early last year, Affleck officially stepped away from the role and Pattinson stepped in four months later.
So why did Affleck leave? It was never really clear at the time. Affleck’s work was considered one of the better elements of the DCEU, but it was also known that his personal life was in a rough patch.
Now, speaking with the New York Times, he’s offered a candid interview about his issues with alcohol and the collapse of his marriage, saying:
“I drank relatively normally for a long time. What happened was that I started drinking more and more when my marriage was falling apart. This was 2015, 2016. My drinking, of course, created more marital problems… the biggest regret of my life is this divorce.”
The problematic shoot for “Justice League” then “sapped his interest” to return to the role says the piece. At one point he also showed “The Batman” script to a friend:
“I showed somebody The Batman script. They said, ‘I think the script is good. I also think you’ll drink yourself to death if you go through what you just went though again.”
Affleck completed a third stint in rehab in 2018 and is now reportedly much happier, healthier and is diving head first into acting again. His new film, “The Way Back,” opens March 6th.